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Construction and the Built Environment BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma

This course aims to prepare learners for a range of technical, professional and management career disciplines in construction and the built environment by providing specialised studies which are directly relevant to individual occupations and professions in which learners are currently employed or in which they intend to seek employment.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code TE0PF / 10001

    Start Date Monday 24 Sep 2018

    How long is the course? 2 years (34 weeks per year)

    What time does the course start? 9:00AM

    What time does the course end? 4:30PM

    When does the course run? Tuesday

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £2,580

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body Pearson

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What is the course about and how might it benefit me?

    Main points that will be covered in the course are:

    Design Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit enables learners to demonstrate an understanding of design considerations and the design process. Learners will develop their ability to evaluate the planning and design phases and consider the environmental impact of construction projects. Learners will explore the roles and legal responsibilities of all parties involved in construction projects. Learners will also gain an understanding of how emerging technologies affect the design and production phases of construction projects.

    Science and Materials for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit introduces scientific principles relevant to the study of construction and the built environment and provides learners with a fundamental understanding of the properties and use of construction materials. This unit has been designed to enable learners studying construction, civil engineering and/or building services engineering programmes to explore scientific principles and the behaviour of materials used in the construction and built environment sector.

    Management Principles and Application for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit introduces learners to the principles and application of management as they relate to the technical and professional disciplines of construction, civil engineering and building services engineering. It is based on the principles of the Latham Report of 1994, which advocated non-adversarial, multi-disciplinary teamworking. Learners will gain an understanding of how these principles may be applied to the management of construction, building services engineering or civil engineering activities through the application of recognised management techniques.

    Group Project in the Construction Industry
    This unit provides learners with an opportunity to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope and scheme of work, and evaluate and present the project.

    Health, Safety and Welfare for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit enables learners to develop an understanding of health, safety and welfare legislation and effective health and safety policies. Learners will develop the skills needed to undertake risk assessments.

    Construction and Maintenance of Buildings
    This unit enables learners to gain an understanding of how the techniques of site investigation and evaluation can influence the design, construction and maintenance of buildings and their substructures.

    Measurement Processes for Construction
    This unit provides learners with an understanding of measurement techniques and their uses in various project stages. Learners will gain an understanding of methods of measurement in terms of format, coding and measurement rules. Learners will develop the skills needed to produce quantities by applying appropriate mensuration techniques. Learners will be able to perform take-off and produce quantities for foundations and substructure, superstructure and simple mechanical services. Learners will develop skills to produce bills of quantities and analyse their various forms. They will also be able to analyse techniques and processes to suit particular construction situations.

    Site Surveying Procedures for Construction and the Built Environment
    This unit develops an understanding of the principles of site surveying and cartographic detailing of construction works and the skills to use site surveying instruments, alongside an understanding of the software available.

  • Are there any materials or resources that I need to bring to the sessions?

    A4 binder and stationery.

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?
    • BTEC National Certificate or Diploma qualification in Construction or a related technical area
    • GNVQ Advanced /AVCE Construction and the Built Environment or related technical area
    • A GCE Advanced level profile, which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A to C.
    • Have the appropriate and relevant industrial experience (considered on an individual basis accessing approved prior learning to gain required admission criteria)
    • Other related level 3 qualifications
  • How will I be taught?

    This course is classroom-based and you should expect to spend 10-20 hours a week studying outside of your classes.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The assessment of BTEC Higher National qualifications will be at unit level and there will be an overall grade for the certificate. Each unit will be graded pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specified assessment criteria. Merit and distinction grades are awarded for higher-level achievement, which may be drawn from the higher-level skills. The BTEC Higher National qualification is assessed using a variety of techniques depending on the nature of the unit being studied. In general there is a mixture of 'in course' assignments (some time-constrained) reports, technical presentations, fieldwork and laboratory work. Through work produced on the project units, the learner will be able to incorporate new skills and other attributes gained from the programme.

  • What qualification will I get?

    BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment.

  • What can the course lead to?

    Successful completion of all the required units will lead to the award of BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment. The qualification provides:

    • National recognition within the construction industry
    • Employment opportunities at higher technician/management position
    • Progression to degree programmes
    • Progression to professional institution membership

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